A group of University of Maine nursing students attended a Veazie town council meeting to present their findings about the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs) after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water, WABI reported. THMs are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter and exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer. The students said THM levels up to 80 parts per billion are acceptable. Orono-Veazie Water District Superintendent Dennis Cross said he had “no concerns” over THM levels after a 2011 sample showed Veazie’s levels at 89 parts per billion.
The University of Maine Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and the Old Town-Orono YMCA are holding the fourth annual GobbleFest on Sunday, Nov. 17.
UMaine students will be at the YMCA from 1 to 4 p.m. collecting turkeys and cash donations, which will be used by Crossroads Ministries to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families in need.
The Bodwell Center will continue collecting turkeys and cash donations until Nov. 22. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.
For more information, call Lisa Morin at the Bodwell Center at 207.581.4197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine ROTC will host about 80 collegiate ROTC cadets from the area for this year’s Veterans Day 5K. The race is a way for ROTC members to honor veterans. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the 20th Maine Honor Society.
The Orono Comprehensive Plan Committee encourages members of the UMaine community to participate in a public workshop on the town’s comprehensive plan. The forum, 6–9 p.m., Nov. 12, Orono Municipal Building, will focus on policies and actions for housing, the economy and in-town land use. The committee seeks public input on such issues as zoning for more in-town housing for families; the need to preserve single-family neighborhoods; ways to encourage startups, food-related businesses, R&D and light manufacturing; and downtown improvements. Draft proposed policies are online.
The Maine Edge previewed the Nov. 2 open forum of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. The center provides several services in the Bangor area including a library with books on peace, reconciliation and conflict resolution that are available to the public by a donation from the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program at the University of Maine. The center maintains connections to the UMaine student peace group, the Maine Peace Action Committee and the HOPE Festival, which comes to UMaine every spring.
Richard Barron, the University of Maine women’s basketball coach, visited WABI (Channel 5) to talk about his team’s upcoming Play 4Kay Pink charity game that aims to raise breast cancer awareness and research funds. The game will take place against Binghamton on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
The University of Maine College of Education and Human Development will host the third Symposium for Educators of International Students in Maine from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the Buchanan Alumni House on the Orono campus.
The professional development conference will focus on issues related to the education of international students attending Maine high schools.
Teachers, counselors and administrators of schools with international students, as well as University of Maine faculty and students, are invited to the free event.
Aretha Marbley, visiting professor from Texas Tech University, will deliver the keynote. Breakout sessions will address topics such as dating and relationship customs, the perceived pressure for international students to attend Ivy League universities, and increasing competence as multicultural educators.
At 11:30 a.m., a panel of international students from local high schools will answer questions about their experiences coming to Maine. International UMaine students will also perform musical presentations throughout the day.
The Associated Press reported on a partnership between the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education to create a statewide system of supports for Mainers who serve children with autism and their families. The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) will open Jan. 1, 2014 on the UMaine campus. News OK, Boston.com, WLBZ (Channel 2), Sun Journal, Press Herald and WABI (Channel 5) were among organizations to carry the report.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the National History Day Teacher Institute held at the University of Maine. The free professional development program for grade 6-12 teachers provided participants with resources and information to support their students in creating entries for the National History Day (NHD) statewide contest at the University of Maine in the spring.
The Free Press reported on a partnership between the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education to create a statewide system of supports for Mainers who serve children with autism and their families. The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) will open Jan. 1, 2014 on the UMaine campus.